The International Office

International Faculty Development Opportunities

Several of our study abroad affiliates offer opportunities for university faculty to visit study abroad centers, increase their  knowledge about education abroad issues, and enhance their own pedagogical and research skills.  What follows are a few such opportunities.

If you are interested in pursuing any of these development opportunities, please contact the International Office.


Prof. Kathie O'Gorman, 2006 CIEE IFDS,
Chile & Argentina


Studienforum Berlin Seminars

Studienforum Berlin is an independent, non-governmental,not-for-profit organization that promotes better understanding of the people, society, culture, and institutions of Germany and Europe. Studienforum Berlin annually offers faculty development programs and conducts research on political and economic developments in Germany and Europe. The 2013 topic will be "Germany as a Model?" and will focus on Germany's role in the EU, Eurozone right-wing extremism and neo-naziism, and the prospects of the Energiewende (energy policy change).

For more information on upcoming Studienforum faculty programs, please visit the Studienforum website.

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IES Familiarization Trips

Each year, IES sponsors one or more trips to familiarize faculty and administrators at member institutions with IES Study Centers. IES subsidizes much of the associated costs, but participants are asked to contribute as well.

Through these familiarization trips, faculty develop first-hand familiarity with all facets of IES programs through visiting the IES Center facilities, touring local partner universities, attending classes, visiting student accommodations, and meeting IES students, staff, and faculty. In addition, attendees have the chance to explore the program locations through cultural activities and regional excursions.

The IES website provides information on upcoming familiarization trips.  If you are interested in being nominated to participate in a familiarization trip, please contact the director of the International Office.

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CIEE Site Visits

The Council for International Educational Exchange (CIEE) has been involved in study abroad since 1947 and today runs over 130 programs in over 30 countries.  Each year, CIEE sponsors site visits to a select number of CIEE Academic Centers.  CIEE subsidizes most of the expenses associated with these visits, but does request an institutional contribution.

Each site visit lasts approximately seven days and is designed to help faculty  gain first-hand knowledge about the on-site facilities, meet with faculty, resident staff, and participants, and acquire a better understanding of the culture in which the programs operate.  Schedules include visits to the host institution at which the program is based, class attendance, visits to homestays and/or dormitories, participation in student excursions, and adequate time to meet with CIEE resident staff and students, providing participants with an in-depth view of each program.

For more information on upcoming CIEE Site Visits, please refer to the CIEE website.  If you are interested in participating, please contact the director of the International Office.

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CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars

CIEE International Faculty Development Seminars (IFDS) are intensive educational experiences designed to explore fascinations, challenge preconceptions, and open eyes to global issues shaping the world today. Each program features lectures, site visits, and discussions with overseas academics and colleagues. Participants return to campus poised to incorporate an international dimension into administration, course design, research, and teaching.

A partial list of 2014 seminars includes the following:

  • Community Development and Social Justice in the Favelas of Rio de Janeiro
  • Lessons in Sustainability: Environmental Conservation and Controversy (in Costa Rica)
  • Modern Debates Along an Ancient Way (in Spain)
  • Cultural Identity and Conflict: A Study of Music, Sound, and Space (in Northern Ireland)
  • Comparative Business Perspectives in Shanghai & Tokyo

The complete list of 2014 seminars are available on the CIEE website.

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IES Faculty Development Seminar

Each year, IES offers development seminars for faculty members from the IES consortium.  Seminars are sponsored either by an IES Center or  jointly by IES and an overseas or US institution.

The summer 2014 seminar is IES Abroad Amsterdam, Sexuality and Gender in a Multicultural World, July 6-12

Past seminars have included

  • "Paradise Lost? Challenging Perspectives on a Changing Europe": IES Abroad European Union, 2013
  • "Second Language Research Symposium": IES Abroad Madrid, 2013
  • "The King's Speech: Power and the Transformation of Media in the 21st Century": IES Abroad London, 2012
  • "Conflict Transformation in the 21st Century--Meeting the Other": IES Abroad Rome, 2012

If you are interested in being nominated to participate in future IES Faculty Development Seminars, please contact the director of the International Office.

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International Educators Workshops in Copenhagen

For one week each semester, the Danish Institute for Study Abroad (DIS) hosts international educators for an International Educators Workshop (IEW) in Copenhagen. 

The purposes of the IEW are to provide professional development to international educators and to provide an interactive introduction to the DIS programs and curriculum, the city of Copenhagen, and to Danish culture and society.  Indeed, the IEW is like a mini-semester at DIS: participants attend classes; participate in field studies; get to know students, Danish faculty and DIS staff; live with a Danish host family (or stay at a B&B); and are introduced to Danish culture and society.

If you are interested in participating in a future IEW, please contact the director of the International Office.

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NEW -- SACI Artist Residency

Studio Arts Center International in Florence has partnered with the city of San Giovanni Valdarno to offer month-long residencies in this historic and culturally important town. The artists and/or scholars from active member schools will be given an apartment in the historic center of San Giovanni Valdarno, in the newly restored 14th-century Palazzo Salviati. The apartment is for 2 persons occupancy only.

The awardees will also be provided a studio nearby on Corso Italia in the building that had been the birthplace of the Mannerist painter Giovanni Mannozzi known as Giovanni di San Giovanni. This building also contains the Contemporary Art Collection. This palazzo is right next to the Museo Casa Masaccio, the home of the great early Renaissance painter and now an active art exhibition space.

SACI invites residency awardees to visit and perhaps share their work with SACI students, and to visit the SACI buildings in Florence where further aid to best realize proposals will be available. SACI and the city of San Giovanni will give all reasonable help to winners to utilize fully their period here in a productive and creative manner.

To apply for a month-long residency, applicants are asked to provide a written statement of the nature of their proposal, including a full academic and artistic curriculum and examples of their work.

All material and inquiries should be sent to julesmaidoff@gmail.com and/or to anne@saci-florence.edu.

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